It’s safe to say that we live in an increasingly digital world. We tend to access our music, movies, documents and photographs from any number of different devices – be it a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone. Our media is now accessible on the go, and all in one place.

What’s more, technological advances have allowed us to get creative on the move. Whereas once we were simply resigned to taking blurred, low-megapixel images, many of us now have high quality cameras and creative editing suites at our full disposal, capable of producing studio-quality photographs at the touch of a button (or the tap of a screen).

With this in mind, we’ve decided to compile some great tips to help you capture those perfect smartphone shots for the perfect canvas prints.

Be original with your editing

Some photography apps are capable of adding any number of retro filters to your pictures and can seem like a one-size-fits-all solution, but don’t be afraid to experiment. By getting creative with your editing, you’ll be more likely to end up with a truly unique image you can be proud of. There are a plethora of digital retouching apps available online, and plenty of tutorials too – photo editing can be fun, and the learning process can help you to take better photographs in the future.

Know when to use the flash

One of the major criticisms of smartphone cameras is that the flash feature can be far from perfect. Whilst some phone flashes can be bright, the problem is that they’re often too bright, which can result in oversaturated, blurry images. If you’re taking photos on your phone in a dimly-lit area, try to find an alternative light source – sometimes a DIY approach such as using a torch can yield better results than an inbuilt flash.

Clean your lens

Given that our phones spend a lot of time in our pockets, it’s inevitable that they’re going to pick up plenty of dust and fluff, which means ensuring your lens is clean and tidy before even attempting to take a photo. If possible, keep a soft piece of cloth handy to wipe away any smears or debris.

Don’t confine your images to your phone

So you’ve perfected the art of smartphone photography, and you want to show your handiwork to your friends and family… now what? Let’s be honest, although modern devices have incredibly clear displays, a 5-inch screen is hardly the best way to showcase your masterpiece. Our solution is to print your best photos on canvas. Premium canvas prints are a great way to brighten up the home, and make excellent gifts for loved ones. Parrot Print offers a simple Photo Upload feature, and uses a special algorithmic method to upscale uploaded images, resulting in perfect, high quality canvas prints every time.

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